How to write a Java method that returns a generic type (syntax)

As a quick note, if you need some examples of the syntax of how to write a Java method that returns a generic type, I hope these are helpful:

public static <T> T getRandomValue(List<T> listOfPossibleOutcomes, int numPossibilities) {
    int r = RandomNumberGenerator.getRandIntBetween(0, numPossibilities);
    return listOfPossibleOutcomes.get(r);

public static <T> T getRandomValueFromGenericIntList(List<T> list) {
    return list.get(0);

I hadn’t written a Java generic method in a while, and I forgot you need to declare the generic type (<T>) early in the method declaration.

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